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[] zwei Gesetze zu Cybercrime/-sicherheit beschlossen im US-Repräsentantenhaus,

- Cyber Security Enhancement Act: Schärfere Strafen für
- Cyber Security Research and Development Act: Forschungsgelder für
IT-Sicherheit/SKI via NSF/NIST.

House Subcommittee OKs Cybersecurity Bill 

By Staff, Newsbytes
26 Feb 2002, 5:23 PM CST

A House subcommittee today approved a bill that changes the way that
judges would sentence people convicted of many crimes committed online. 

The House Judiciary Subcommittee On Crime today approved in a voice vote
H.R. 3482, the Cyber Security Enhancement Act, which requires the U.S.
Sentencing Commission to consider a number of new aspects of online
crime in coming up with sentencing recommendations in criminal

The commission would have to consider issues such as the level of
sophistication of the attack, whether the crime was committed for
commercial or private financial gain and whether the offense involved an
attack on government networks. 

Another provision in the bill would give liability protection to ISPs
that make a "good faith" effort to help law enforcement agencies track
suspects over their networks. 

It was sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Science Committee
Chairman Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y. 

The bill today was approved along with an amendment from Rep. Sheila
Jackson Lee, D-Texas, though a copy of this amendment was not available
by deadline. Jackson Lee officials were not immediately available for

Boehlert is also the sponsor of H.R. 3394, the Cyber Security Research
and Development Act, the $880 million bill that passed the House in a
400-12 vote. 

The money would be split between the National Science Foundation (NSF)
and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for use in
cybersecurity research efforts. 

Under the House legislation, the funds earmarked for the NSF would be
distributed in the form of grants for cybersecurity research projects
and cash incentives to universities and other institutions to develop
private computer-security research centers. 

The portion of the funds allotted to NIST would be earmarked for
long-term "high-risk" cybersecurity research.

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